Cheltenham Festival 2022

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AdamH
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Cheltenham Festival 2022

Post by AdamH » 08:11 Sunday 6th March 2022

Stagecoach West will once again be running Shuttle buses from Cheltenham Rail Station to the race course for the Cheltenham Festival.

As always, this his a huge event for Stagecoach with a PVR this year of 85 vehicles, all double-deck. A large number of these will be on loan from other Stagecoach operations, so expect to see convoys of Stagecoach buses on motorways heading to Cheltenham on Monday 14th March, then heading home again on Saturday 19th March.

For the 2020 Festival I collected and returned ADL E400 MMC 10405 (SL64HZM) from Manchester, but didn't drive the shuttle service. Although I know I'm shuttle bus driving this year, for 3 days 15th-17th, I've not been asked (yet) to collect or return a loan bus.

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Re: Cheltenham Festival 2022

Post by DD12 » 12:20 Sunday 6th March 2022

I believe I read in the media that industrial action was being threatened by Stagecoach drivers, -- if correct, has this now been resolved ??

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Re: Cheltenham Festival 2022

Post by AdamH » 16:47 Sunday 6th March 2022

I don't think it was ever that serious. The union said they would strike for 4 weeks, which is not realistic as not many people can survive without pay for that long. Anyway the company made a final offer last week and it was accepted. It was not as generous as the offer First made Worcester, so first the first time in living memory the drivers at Worcester now get paid more than those at Cheltenham and Gloucester, but it does mean the threat of industrial action has passed.

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Re: Cheltenham Festival 2022

Post by DD12 » 23:15 Sunday 6th March 2022

AdamH wrote:
16:47 Sunday 6th March 2022
I don't think it was ever that serious. The union said they would strike for 4 weeks, which is not realistic as not many people can survive without pay for that long. Anyway the company made a final offer last week and it was accepted. It was not as generous as the offer First made Worcester, so first the first time in living memory the drivers at Worcester now get paid more than those at Cheltenham and Gloucester, but it does mean the threat of industrial action has passed.
That's 2 doses of good news then, -- thanks Adam !!
:)

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